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When art mavens see drawings with simplified lines, elongated torsos and the oval faces of androgynous subjects, they instantly think of Amedeo Modigliani. Small though it is, “Modigliani: A Unique Artistic Voice” at London’s Estorick Collection will give a great deal of pleasure to those who love them—and to those fascinated by the story of the handsome but apparently cursed, talented youth who crashed out on drink and drugs.

The show, which runs April 15 to June 28, constitutes a curious footnote to the Italian artist’s life, as it includes the 1918 painting “Dr. François Brabander” (1) plus a handful of drawings owned by the gallery’s fascinating American founder, Eric Estorick.

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Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was clearly one of the superstars of twentieth-century art. He is the best known and most loved of all modern Italian painters. Working at the epicenter of avant-garde experimentation in Paris between 1906 and 1920, he developed an artistic vision that was entirely his own. This new exhibition is the first to be devoted to the artist at the Estorick Collection and focuses on Modigliani’s works on paper, showing the spiritual and stylistic development of his portrayal of the human face and form. "Modigliani – A Unique Artistic Voice" is on view at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art from April 15 until June 28, 2015.

'What I am seeking is neither the real nor the unreal but the unconscious, the mystery of what is instinctive in the human race'  - Amedeo Modigliani.

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